Contraception, the Billionaire’s Wife, Toking Cathechists, and Teletubbies…

Thomas L. MacDonald, one of my newest Patheos Catholic portal classmates, brings all of the above together in the tragicomic opera that is the the unmoored modern Catholic. I say unmoored, but that word assumes someone was on a ship in the first place. Perhaps “born in captivity” would be a better description. [Read more…]

Janine Turner Speaks Out Against the HHS Mandate

A few weeks ago, I noted that to many women, the HHS Mandate is demeaning. In that post, I shared a video where Gloria Purvis gave a talk that many of you saw, shared, and promptly helped make go viral. [Read more…]

A Petulant POTUS, or an All-Powerful Genie?

Here’s hoping he’s both. In the “petulant President” department, John Fund, a writer based in New York, and the author of Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy, has a pretty good recap piece over at National Review Online from this weeks’ Presidential Follies regarding the Litigator-in-Chiefs’ constitutional law gaffs.

What follows is the part of Funds’ piece that hits home with me, [Read more…]

Quote of the Week: Fr. Leo Patalinghug

Faith, if practiced only in the confines of a church, synagogue, or mosque, demonstrates weakness, fear, or a lack of conviction. As such, it renders faith mediocre and lukewarm. —Fr. Leo Patalinghug [Read more…]

Mr. President? A Trifecta of Anti-HHS Mandate Videos for the Situation Room

Not so fast, Mr. President. In fact, it appears that you have awoken a sleeping giant. For your viewing pleasure, sir, I present these three excellent videos that express to you, and your Administration, the opinions of the (heretofore) Silent Majority.  I’ve arranged them in order of the number of views they have received on YouTube to date. [Read more…]

A Letter to the President That Explains His Drop in the Polls, A Film, and A Song

Earlier today I wrote a book-length post built around explaining how “confirmation bias,” or what I call “New Media Cocooning,” facilitates our checking our brains at the door and ignoring facts, which helps us cling to beliefs that cannot hold up under the harsh light of reason. Joanne McPortland does a better job of doing the same thing, using March Madness and basketball instead of the stock market.

She wrote an open letter to the Commander-in-Chief, who just happens to be visiting her town for the opening of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. [Read more…]

So Matthew Archbold Thought He Didn’t Sign Up For This

He starts his latest post over on the National Catholic Register like a marathoner who has just hit “the wall.”

I’m tired. Are you?

We believers, Catholics, Protestant, Jewish and the rest, we are beleaguered. I don’t know about you, I am tired. [Read more…]

A David Letterman-like List of the Top 10 Reasons to Favor the HHS Mandate UPDATED

So you’ve read Cardinal Dolan’s letter to the Bishops, and you support the Church’s stance on the HHS Mandate. You agree that it must be rescinded.

You also understand that the purpose of buying insurance is to protect yourself, and your family, from catastrophic loss that you otherwise could not afford to endure. Must I break out the Merriam-Webster dictionary? [Read more…]

Bishop Lori Goes “Columbo” on the Editors of “America” Magazine

I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I loved Peter Falk’s character of the seemingly bumbling detective named Lt. Columbo. All of the episodes were marvelous examples of the conventional wisdom assuming criminals, who also just knew that they were the smartest people in the room, winding up getting out foxed by this seemingly idiotic, nay, imbecilic, homicide inspector.

Check out Falk’s in-character performance here at a Dean Martin roast of Frank Sinatra, [Read more…]

Ben Franklin’s Warning, Winston Churchill’s Observation, And Catholic Support for the Rights of Mankind UPDATED

For about a few months now, I’ve been mentioning things political that should matter to Catholics, and thus to all human beings. A few months back, I mentioned a scandal with our war dead that is another marker of trouble. Mark Shea wrote on these issues in a manner that helps bring to light what is at stake here.

For as St. Paul writes in his letter to the Romans, [Read more…]